The Columbus Blue Jackets looked to be dead in the water in Game 1 against the top-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning. Facing a 3-0 deficit during first intermission, the Blue Jackets were essentially digging their grave. But whatever coach John Tortorella said in the locker room certainly lit a fire underneath them. The comeback began during the second period, thanks to a breakaway goal from Columbus captain Nick Foligno.
Now down 3-1 entering the third period, David Savard cut the deficit to one after toe-dragging past star defenseman Victor Hedman and shooting a fierce wrist shot past goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Four minutes later, Josh Anderson wouold tie things up while Tampa Bay was on a powerplay, no less.
With under six minutes remaining, defenseman Seth Jones would complete the epic comeback with a nasty wrister off tic-tac passes from Artemi Panarin and Zach Werenski to take the 4-3 lead.
Nobody gave the Blue Jackets a chance after the first period, but now, those doubters look like fools. Columbus never faltered, and now take a 1-0 series lead over the President's Trophy-winning Lightning.